I am Joey’s Complete Lack of Self-Awareness.
Little Joey states about Old Man Duvall: “I hope I never get this bitter when I’m his age.”
Let us parse this short, but telling statement.
He is cognizant of the fact that Duvall is quite crotchety in his old age, so that is evidence that Joey posses the skill to identify and comprehend the emotion of bitterness.
However, the snag comes when Little Joey tries to compare and contrast the identification of emotions in another with that of himself.
Little Joey completely disregards the fact that his whole existence is to carry out a vendetta against the Mayor because of a Hatfield’s v McCoy’s lifestyle that they have chosen and will not drop. (Does anyone have the story behind that civil suit?) I don’t care what side of the debate that you are on, whether or not you support the Mayor or the zoo, you absolutely have to admit that Joey is probably the most bitter man on the Eastern Shore. Jebus Christ, the man felt it necessary to write close to 1000 words of drivel to complain about money being stapled at an auction.
In defense of Little Joey, he could have gotten confused over the additional dimension of time in his comparison equation.
The man has completely disillusioned himself into believing that he is not bitter presently, and becoming more and more so as the Mayor continues to thrive. All of this despite years of the best intentions of Joey and his bitter family.
(Another aside- Geez, I hope you were better at producing light bulb condoms then you are at bringing down the Teflon Mayor. Maybe you should have your dad set up your vendetta from scratch and you will be successful.)
This man is completely disassociated from reality as others have notated before, and this throwaway glimpse into the psyche of Little Joey is a disturbing example of this diagnosis.
PS- It looks like Old Man Duvall beat Little Joey in the “publishing” of the press release about the community tax meeting. You are slacking Little Joey. You starting to get a little paranoid that they like him more then they like you? That old insecurity coming back? Does this mean that Duvall is a MSM journalist like you now?